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    Essential Car Care Tips

    Last updated 6 days ago

    If you want your car to enjoy a long working life as well as provide you the proper amount of safety every day, it’s important to maintain it the right way. Watch this video for a few essential car care tips that can keep your care safe and efficient.

    When it comes to safety, visibility is very important. Replace your windshield wiper blades twice per year and your headlights once every other year. These procedures are very simple and can help you to see the road, your surroundings, and other drivers. Also important is your tire pressure. You can find out exactly how much pressure your tire needs by looking inside your driver’s door. Properly inflated tires offer enhanced braking, handling, and fuel economy.

    If you would like more essential car care tips, call Murray’s Auto Clinics at (240) 450-2478. Our goal is to provide the Maryland area with high quality auto maintenance services. You can find out more about our automotive services on our website, including our emissions repair and general auto maintenance services. 

    Why You Should Warm Your Vehicle in the Winter

    Last updated 13 days ago

    There are many benefits to warming your vehicle before you begin your drive. When it’s cold outside, warming up your vehicle will get the heater working faster and will even improve your car’s performance and fuel economy.

    Before you start your engine, it is the same temperature as the ambient temperature outside. This is always lower than the temperature at which your engine will optimally perform. If you do not warm your engine, you may be causing excess wear and using additional fuel. Let your engine idle for at least 30 seconds before putting it into gear, but you may need to warm up your vehicle for 5-10 minutes during the winter. Watch this video to learn more about warming up your vehicle. 

    If you want to keep your vehicle running like new, call Murray’s Auto Clinics at (240) 450-2478. You can also visit our website to find out more about our automotive repair and maintenance services. If you live in the Maryland area, stop by and see us to find out how our automotive mechanics can keep your car in tip-top shape in any season. 

    How Long Do Brake Pads Last?

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Brake pads are crucial components to your ability to stop your car quickly and safely. For this reason, they must be replaced when they no longer work efficiently. But how do you know when to replace your brake pads? Here is a look at the average lifespan of brake pads. 


    Although there are many different factors that determine the working life of brake pads, the material from which they are made plays a large role. Organic pads give you the greatest amount of power when it comes to stopping quickly. However, this comes with a trade-off; organic pads also wear out quicker than other types. Semi-metallic and synthetic brake pads last longer at the expense of a longer stopping time.


    There are many variables that affect the longevity of the brake pads in your car. This is because several different factors determine how much wear any given brake pad will endure. Larger vehicles create more momentum and inertia, which means that the brake pad is under a greater amount of pressure. Speed plays a role as well. The faster you are going, the harder the brakes have to work to stop your car. Brakes translate kinetic energy into heat energy in order to halt your vehicle, which results in the wearing of your pads. This makes it difficult to pinpoint exactly how long any brake pads will last.


    You may notice certain red flags when your brakes are wearing out. If your brakes are not functioning efficiently or your vehicle pulls to one side or the other when you press them, it is time to have them inspected. You should also take your car in for brake repair if you hear unusual noises when you apply the brakes.

    For more information about how long brake pads last contact Murray’s Auto Clinics or visit our website. We are happy to serve the Maryland area with brake repair and other auto maintenance services. If you live in the area and would like to know more about our auto repair and maintenance services, stop by or call us at (240) 450-2478.

    Creating a Routine Car Maintenance Schedule

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Most people rely on their cars every single day, which means a breakdown would be a serious inconvenience. In order to prevent this from happening, your car must be properly and regularly maintained. 

    There are certain benchmarks your car will reach in terms of mileage; different maintenance services will be appropriate at these benchmarks. Your oil and oil filter should be changed every 3,000 to 7,000 miles, at which point your fluids, tires, and lights should be inspected as well. Every 15,000 to 30,000 miles you should be replace your air filter, check your battery, and replace your power steering fluid and filters. Inspect your battery at 35,000 miles and your spark plugs at 40,000 miles. After 60,000 miles you should replace your timing belt, coolant, brake pads, and brake fluid, as well as check your HVAC system and suspension.

    At Murray’s Auto Clinics we are proud to be Maryland’s number one resource for automotive repairs and maintenance services. If you would like to learn more about our automotive services visit our website, stop in and see us, or call us at (240) 450-2478 to speak with one of our experienced automotive repair technicians

    An Overview of Recharging Your Car's Air Conditioner with Refrigerant

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Your car’s air conditioner is invaluable when the warmer weather sets in. Even though fall is just around the corner, it’s important to keep your car’s air conditioner fully charged so it works efficiently when you need it most. Here is an overview of how your auto mechanic can recharge your car’s air conditioner with refrigerant.

    Top Off

    One way to recharge your car’s air conditioner with refrigerant is called a “top off.” This is generally the cheapest way to recharge your automobile’s air conditioner. When you go in for a top off, your automotive professional will charge refrigerant into your car, which will join the refrigerant that currently resides there. Unfortunately, a top off relies on your automotive professional’s best guess as to how much refrigerant is the perfect amount for your car.

    Evacuation and Recharge

    An evacuation and recharge is a more thorough method of recharging your car’s air conditioner. During this process your mechanic will drain your vehicle of its remaining refrigerant and recycles out its impurities. Then it is recharged into the car along with new refrigerant. In this case your vehicle can be charged with exactly the correct amount of refrigerant for your car.

    Repair or Replace Leaking Components

    The permanent solution to keeping your car’s air conditioner full of refrigerant is to fix any leaks that have developed over time. However, leaks can sometimes be hard to find. Automotive professionals may use an electronic leak detector in addition to dye and a black light in order to find the leak. The smaller the leak is, the longer it will take to drain your refrigerant.

    If you have questions about recharging your car’s air conditioner with refrigerant call Murray’s Auto Clinics at (240) 450-2478. We are an auto maintenance service that specializes in emissions and brake repair, as well as air conditioning and heater service. If you would like to know more about our auto repair and maintenance services, do not hesitate to visit our website.

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